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Re: Abstracts from Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa & XIII Encuentro de J

I really like Welman and Jones's abstract (p. 113 of the
Palaeontologia Africana abstract book): it's a great example of the
BANDit logic at its best. If this one particular character isn't
homologous between birds and basal theropods, then there's obviously
no way birds could possibly be dinosaurs, and we'd better start
looking for another explanation for all that evidence from the last 40
years showing that the evolution of pretty much every aspect of modern
bird biology began in nonavian theropods or more basal pan-avians --
parsimony be damned.

David Černý